Too bad, I was rooting for the kid. Alan Webb came in fifth in the 1500 meter finals at the US Olympic Trials. Bernard Lagat won in 3:40, at least 5 seconds slower than Webb’s personal best. It was a slow final, and Webb just was not able to bring on the kick – even though he had more sheer speed talent than any of these guys.
Webb has run a 3:46 mile in the past year – a pace which would have blown away today’s field.
My take is Webb does best in low pressure situations. I predict he will break the world record in the mile at some obscure meet, with no media present, in the not too distant future.